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Addisoniana [by Sir Richard Phillips].

By: ADDISON : Sir Richard Phillips.

Price: £155.00

Publisher: Printed for Richard Phillips [1803].:

Seller ID: 7286

Condition: First Edition, 2 Vols, sm.8vos, contemporary polished calf gilt, small red & green red morocco labels. Striking contemporary armorial bookplate of Sir Michael R. Shaw Stewart. Vol 2 with final 6pp integral advts. With engraved titles + 2 portraits + 7 folding manuscript facsimiles. Aside from some light wear & abrasion to the covers, an attractively clean bright copy.

Scarce. Short biographies of Addison had appeared here and there as prefaces etc, and Johnson had also included Addison in his Lives Of The Poets. But this is the first separate book about Addison. Oddly enough not noticed by the generally authoritative 1954 Life by Smithers. View more info

Life Of Joseph Addison. By Peter Smithers.

By: ADDISON, Joseph : Peter Smithers.

Price: £40.00

Publisher: Oxford University Press 1954:

Seller ID: 1185

Condition: First Edition, c.pp500, fine in trifle dulled dws. Scarce : the authoritative life. With 4 plates

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Windsor Castle : an historical romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank & Tony Johannot : with designs on wood by W. A. Delamotte.

By: AINSWORTH, William Harrison : Cruikshank, Johannot & Delamotte illus.

Price: £300.00

Publisher: Colburn 1843.:

Seller ID: 8215

Condition: First Illustrated Book Edition, original blue cloth pictorially gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp236 uncut, spine just slightly sunned, vulnerable binding lightly bumped or marked here and there, but very good. Endpaper with ticket of original 19thC bookseller Weller of Croydon. With portrait by Maclise + etched title by Johannot + 14 engraved illustrations by Cruikshank + 4 by Johannot and + 87 woodcut illustrations by Delamotte.

Rare in the original gilt-decorated cloth binding. Excellent copy in the original cloth binding, and with text and plates very clean & crisp. The first fully illustrated Book Edition : it is this 2nd Book Edition 'which is most sought after' [Locke]. Originally issued 1842-43 in Ainsworth's Magazine : followed by the 1st Book Edition issued in 3 vols but illustrated only with three Cruikshank frontispieces : followed by this 2nd Book Edition, fully illustrated as per the Ainsworth Magazine issue but with the addition of the portrait + etched title : followed by the Part Issue 1843-44 in 11 par... View more info

Memoirs Of The Life & Writings of Victor Alfieri : written by himself. Translated from the Italian.

By: ALFIERI, Victor.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: London, printed for Henry Colburn 1810.:

Seller ID: 8166

Condition: First English Edition, 2 Vols, near-contemporary half calf gilt, double green & brown morocco labels. C.pp[x], [5]-286; pp[vi], [5]-328, some occasional spotting or foxing, bindings bit scuffed or rubbed at extremities, upper joint of Vol 1 cracked through, else an acceptable copy.

Famous autobiography of this celebrated Italian poet & dramatist. First published in Italian in London in 1804, the year after Alfieri's death. Reissued in 1961 by Oxford University Press in their series Italian Classics. View more info

Northampton : The Cultural Mile.

By: ALSOP, William et al.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Alsop; with Northampton Borough & County Councils [1990s].:

Seller ID: 9436

Condition: Booklet c. 15 x 21 cms with stiff pink wrappers with designs in white and green. 84pp fully illustrated throughout in colour, excellent copy.

Fully illustrated booklet on the regeneration of Northampton, led by the outstanding Northampton-born modern architect Will Alsop. View more info

The Architecture Of Ancient Rome : an account of its historic development. New Edition revised and rewritten by Thomas Ashby.

By: ANDERSON, W. J. : and R. H. Spiers : Thomas Ashby.

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Batsford 1927:

Seller ID: 5958

Condition: Roy.8vo, gilt cloth, excellent bright copy. C.202pp with 34 illustrations & plans : and 94 plates.

Handsome book : well illustrated. First published 1902 : here very fully revised. View more info

The Vicar of Bray : A Tale.


Price: £1,200.00

Publisher: London, printed for R. Baldwin 1771.:

Seller ID: 9537

Condition: First Edition, 2 Vols, tall 12mo [binding c.17.5 x 11 cms], very smartly and handsomely bound in modern period-style polished tan calf, the spines ruled and numbered in gilt, and with red morocco labels. First and last leaf in both vols a little browned around the margin from contact with the turn-ins of the original binding, Vol 1 with tiny piece nipped from top corner of first two leaves, occasional light spotting of text. Overall an exceptional copy, very bright and attractive.

Extremely rare 18th century Libertine novel based on the life and times of the legendary Vicar of Bray, who supposedly contorted his religious affiliations to suit the changing times - from a supporter of Divine Right under Charles II, a papist under James II, moderate under William, tory under Anne, whig under George and lusty protestant under succeeding Hanovers. The final leaf of Vol 2 prints the text of the famous satirical Ballad of the Vicar of Bray. *** The novel presents the Vicar as an anti-hero, ultimately disgraced, who, together with his aristocratic friends and patrons, not only... View more info

The Fanfrolico Press : Satyrs, Fauns & Fine Books.

By: ARNOLD, John : Fanfrolico Press.

Price: £48.00

Publisher: Private Libraries Association 2009.:

Seller ID: 9384

Condition: First Edition, blue cloth handsomely gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp328, an excellent copy as issued. Fully illustrated.

Handsome Limited Edition. Detailed and authoritative history - with complete bibliography etc - of Jack Lindsay's prolific but short-lived idiosyncratic Australian private press, begun in Sydney in the 1920s and wound up in 1930 after a move to Britain. Includes reduced title-page facsimiles of all 46 Fanfrolico books : and also 45 illustrations, some full-page after Norman Lindsay, Edward Bawden, Hal Collins and Lionel Ellis. View more info

ane Austen : A Critical Bibliography. By R. W. Chapman.

By: AUSTEN, Jane : R. W. Chapman.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: OUP 1953:

Seller ID: 2982

Condition: First Edition, c.pp70, gilt cloth, very good. With neat signature of Mary Arnold 1957. 1250 copies. Gilson M856.

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Uniformen, Distinktions- und sonstige Abzeichen der gesammten k. u. k. osterr.-ung Wehrmacht sowie Orden und Ehrenzeichen Osterreich-Ungarns. Dritte Auflage.


Price: £115.00

Publisher: Troppau, Aug. Strasilla; Leipzig, Moritz Ruhl [1891]:

Seller ID: 9187

Condition: Third Edition. Pp[viii] + 62 Text + printed rear card wrapper + unfolding Panorama of 26 colour plates of uniforms, badges, medals &c. Very neatly re-bound into blue cloth, with the original printed front card wrapper mounted on the cloth boards.

With a very attractive accordion-fold arrangement of colour plates. See the British Library noting only this 3rd Edition. No other copies of any edition listed in COPAC : and no copy of any edition listed in the National Union Catalogue USA. View more info

Christmas Card 1996 by Phil Baines.

By: BAINES, Phil.

Price: £8.00

Publisher: 1996:

Seller ID: 9431

Condition: Accordion-fold card c. 9 x 42 cms very strikingly printed in red and black, very slight scuff along one fold, else excellent.

With extensive seasonal text - Wonderful Counsellor ! The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father &c &c - strikingly printed in deorative arrangements of Gerard Unger's Argo and Matthew Carter's Sophia types. View more info

Le Mariage De Figaro : comedie en cinq actes. Avec une Etude par Auguste Vitu.


Price: £40.00

Publisher: Paris, Librairie des Bibliophiles nd [c.1880s].:

Seller ID: 9490

Condition: First Vitu Edition, very attractively bound in quarter calf over marbled paper boards, the spine elegantly panelled and decorated with floral motifs in gilt, and with a green morocco label. Small 8vo [binding c.18 x 11 cms], pp[iv], 337 + [3], text block with top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Attractive small modern booklabel on preliminary blank and pencil note of purchase in Paris in 1931. Edges of pages just age-toned, as always with this type of paper, else a very bright and attractive copy.

Smart and attractive binding of the famous play by Beamarchais. Banned initially by Louis XVI because of its satirical view of the aristocracy, it opened in 1784 and proved enormously popular. Mozart's opera premiered in 1786 and the rest is history. View more info

The Happy Hypocrite. Illustrated by George Sheringham.


Price: £80.00

Publisher: John Lane, The Bodley Head [1915]:

Seller ID: 9198

Condition: First Illustrated Edition, gilt buckram, front board with striking floral design in colours and gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp71 uncut, some light spotting of text, spine lettering bit faded, lower cover a bit soiled, overall covers a bit dulled and scuffed. With illustrated endpapers : illustrated title-page in black & gold : 10 large pictorial initials and tail-pieces : and 24 full-page tissue-guarded colour plates.

A fine series of colour illustrations, and a famous example of the Romantic Movement in book illustration. 'In 1915 Sheringham illustrated Max Beerbohm's The Happy Hypocrite ... This book, which has a pretty, flowery cover, is a curious mixture of coloured lithographs and decorative two-colour initials and line-drawings. Sheringham's softly tinted lithographs have an atmosphere of chintz and pot-pourri. They marked the end of the golden days of pre-1914 England' [John Lewis : The 20th Century Book]. View more info

Reflets De La Bibliophile En Belgique [Exhibition Catalogue of Manuscripts, Printed Books, and Autographs at the Royal Albert Library in Brussels].

By: BELGIAN Books [Mary Shelley & Frankenstein Interest]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: Soc Bib Belgique 1969.:

Seller ID: 7530

Condition: Printed wrappers. Tall 8vo, c.pp144, excellent. With numerous text illus + 37 plates.

Some 200 exhibits, including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein published in Paris 1821 : also ranging from a 1450 Book Of Hours, to Rabelais, Racine, Rousseau, Hugo, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Valery, Proust, to Aragon, Simone de Beauvoir, Duras &c. Among the plates are 7 early bindings and, most unusually, 16 modern bindings, mainly from the later 20thC by Bonet, Legrain, de Coster, Mercher, Bellefroid, Gras, Martin &c. View more info

Venetia Felix : Gabriel Bella (Venetian painter 1730 - 1798), Chronicler of the Republic. Text by Alvise Zorzi : Introduction by Vittorio Sgarbi.

By: BELLA, Gabriel : Alvise Zorzi : Vittorio Sgarbi.

Price: £125.00

Publisher: Milan, Franco Maria Ricci 1989:

Seller ID: 8999

Condition: Black cloth gilt with striking mounted colour label, with original very handsome matching folding box. Large 4to, c.pp224 text in Italian & English, endpaper with handsome armorial bookplate. Includes 67 superb tipped-in colour plates. A fine copy of this sumptuous book.

Superb Numbered Limited Edition exceptionally handsomely produced in Bodoni types on handlaid blue-tinted Fabriano paper. Gabriel Bella documented scenes from life in 18th Century Venice in a series of 67 paintings These illustrate all aspects of public life from The Coronation Of The Doge, to A Wedding At The Salute, to A Dance In A Campiello. An extremely attractive book. View more info

A Memoir : written by himself 1822 - 1828. With an introduction by Selwyn Image.

By: BEWICK, Thomas.

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, John Lane, The Bodley Head 1924.:

Seller ID: 9451

Condition: First Selwyn Image Edition, roy.8vo [binding c. 24 x 16 cms], olive green-brown cloth lettered and with Bewick vignette in black, top edge of text block tinted red, others uncut. C.pp306, small attractive bookplate on half-title, larger bookplate removed from front pastedown, gutters of endpapers resealed with tape, binding bit worn and dulled, overall a stout copy. With portrait plate of Bewick + 60 other Bewick illustrations in text.

The first modern edition of Bewick's Memoir : 'There has been no reprint of the book since its first publication in 1862, and it has long been difficult to obtain a copy' [Selwyn Image : Introduction]. View more info

Jerusalem. A Facsimile of the Illuminated Book. With Introduction by Joseph Wicksteed and Bibliographical Statement by Geoffrey Keynes.

By: BLAKE, William : Joseph Wicksteed : Geoffrey Keynes.

Price: £2,750.00

Publisher: Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust [1951]:

Seller ID: 9008

Condition: ** Raymond Lister Copy ** Folio, 5 fascicles in grey wrappers, contained in original blue and gold spangled folding box as issued. Folding box with short split in linen at head and foot of opening hinge, box with a couple of other piffling scuffs, else a very fine copy of a large and vulnerable item. Includes 100 superb hand-coloured plates.

The first of the superb Trianon Press Blake Facsimiles : 'The final result bears the closest possible resemblance to Blake's original plates'. Edition Limited to 516 numbered copies : superbly printed on a pure rag paper especially manufactured to match the original paper used by Blake. The earliest, and one of the most important and most admired of the Trianon Press Facsimiles, it was taken from the only complete copy of Jerusalem to have been hand-printed and hand-coloured by William Blake himself. ** The Raymond Lister Copy : with the discreet and very attractive little book label of Pame... View more info

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The Poetical Works. Edited and annotated by Edwin J. Ellis.

By: BLAKE, William.

Price: £290.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 1906

Seller ID: 6952

Condition: First Ellis Edition, 2 vols, very handsome blue-green morocco profusely gilt, spines panelled in gilt and with treble red & brown morocco labels, wide morocco inner dentelles, t.e.g., others uncut. Spines sunned to tan and sides also with slight loss of colour in places, but a very handsome & attractive copy, and the small-type text [more usually found rather foxed] in exceptionally clean crisp condition.

'Extremely useful' edition : particularly notable for the full texts of the Prophetic Books : also Vala, and an early poem The Passions. Ellis had previously edited with Yeats the monumental 1893 Blake Edition. Keynes 130. Bentley 301. View more info

An Essay On War, in blank verse: Honnington Green, a ballad: The Culprit, an elegy: and other poems on various subjects.

By: BLOOMFIELD, Nathaniel.

Price: £125.00

Publisher: Gedge, Bury [St Edmonds] for Hurst, and Vernor & Hood, 1803:

Seller ID: 3361

Condition: First Edition, contemporary half calf. Sm.8vo, c.pp128, binding worn but perfectly stout [marbled paper sides rubbed away leaving bare boards], text a little soiled, acceptable copy of a rare & fragile little book. * Endpaper inscribed in unsophisticated hand: 'Given to Charles Cole by George Roach on his Going to Sea March 17th 1852'. ** With engraved frontispiece : without half-title.

Rare: only title by Robert Bloomfield's brother Nathaniel, who worked in London as a taylor. Small book [6.25 x 4ins] printed locally by Gedge in Bury St Edmunds 'at his own risque', no doubt in tiny numbers : a 2nd Edition was issued a mere 10 days later. With long discursive intro on the Bloomfield family by Capel Lofft, Robert Bloomfield's principal patron. Nathaniel, a taylor, feared that 'although the Muse can visit a Shepherd's Boy [ie. Robert Bloomfield] there may be some employments which exclude her influence. That a Taylor should be a Poet might appear too startling an assertion'. Bu... View more info

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Stars and Bars.

By: BOYD, William.

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton 1984.:

Seller ID: 9548

Condition: First Edition, blue cloth lettered in gilt, striking illustrated dustwrappers. C.pp255, as ever the edges of the pages are just lightly toned due to the poor quality of the paper used, else a fine copy in fine and bright unclipped dustwrappers.

Fine copy of Boyd's fourth novel : features an art-dealing Englishman abroad in New York and the deep southern state of Georgia. Boyd also wrote the film adaptation starring Daniel Day-Lewis. View more info